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Old 12-28-2006, 03:07 AM   #1
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A few weeks ago, my XACT XTR1 unit broke. Given the track record the XTR1 and XACT, Inc. have given it's consumers (including me), I decided it would probably be more cost effective in the end to get a new unit made directly by Sirius.

After I began using my new Sirius Stratus radio, I realized two things. First off, it sounds like, to me, the channels are clearer, have a wider stereo field, and sound more "CD"-like instead of low-bitrate internet radio. Second, when I listen to Sirius late at night (3/4am) inside my home, because of where the antenna is located, I usually get dropouts that last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour on my XTR1. I've been using the same antenna location for my Stratus and for the past few nights that I've been nocturnal, I have yet to hear a dropout.

Did Sirius implement a more efficient codec and put more sensitive tuners inside the new radios?

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My Stiletto 10 does seem to put out better sound than my Starmate. I am going to have to hook them up side by side and do a test to verify..
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Even though on the new recievers the FM modulators are very weak, the sound quality, once using a direct relay, is exceptional. Not only that, you will pick up the new Canadian channels. I just got a new InV and love the receiver. Only downfall is the 10 only presets and only a vehicle unit. There is a difference in the sound coming out of the new receivers, IMO
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I've got a new Stratus and a Starmate.. They sound the same as my 3 year old Audiovox PNP2.. (And I was looking for a difference when I got the new units).
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I know my Stiletto is easily on par with the direct din connected Sirius Connect Tuners. PNP tuners that I had in past were not. I also find I get much, much better reception with my Stiletto than I did with my JVC Sirius Connect Tuner. The reception isn't remarkably better than other PNP tuners, especially other newer ones, there may in fact be no difference.

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I got my stratus about 3mo ago it replaced my starmate replay and I posted in the stratus mini review thread how absolutly astounded a was at the differance in reception I got(no drop outs where there used to be) anyway since then I've had a chance to sample almost all the newer recievers and have found they all have superior reception. I have no idea why this is I just know I'm in reception heaven!
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